Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The more we learn about biology...

The models we were taught in school about "dominant" and "recessive" genes steering a strictly Mendelian process have turned out to be an even greater simplification of reality than Newton's laws. The discovery of gene-protein interactions and other aspects of epigenetics has challenged the view of DNA as destiny and even introduced evidence that environment can influence inheritable traits, something once considered a genetic impossibility.

In short, the more we learn about biology, the further we find ourselves from a model that can explain it.

- Chris Anderson (canderson@wired.com) is the editor in chief of Wired: The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete

OK it's from Wired but I thought it was an interesting quote.

- Peace

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